Wales Update 5 ~ A Final Installment!

Hello to all, from another amazingly picturesque morning in the Welsh Hills. Image result for big pit

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This morning, children have been re-charged for the day with another hearty breakfast, before setting off on their final adventures for the week. Today, the children have visited “Big Pit” coal mine, where children will explore the mine with a hands-on experience to gain an insight into the life of the coal workers.

A huge thank you, to all of the many parents who have helped to make the trip run smoothly by packing appropriate kit, supporting the school and contributing to help make the adventure a success. We hope that the Blogs have been a positive means of finding out what’s been going on this week… it has been lovely to see so many parents viewing them.

With a sad final goodbye, as we set off back towards home…

Bye for now, from all in the Welsh Hills…

[Written by Mr Thorns, with thanks for the updates from Mrs Sivier and Mrs Landon]

Wales Update Number 1!

Hello from sunny Wales!

Apologies to all for the late update, the signal appears to be treacherous out there today, so staff have struggled to email through – let us hope it is only

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a brief glitch!

The children have arrived safely in the beauty of the Welsh countryside. Settling in activities including kit issuing, getting to know the site and then an adventurous walk around the site.

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After a restful night’s sleep and settling into their accomodation, the children ate a hearty breakfast before setting off on their first adventure. This morning, children and staff have embarked on a mountain walk (which is as tricky and arduous as it is immensely rewarding and fun too!) while other groups are exploring the local caves and the surrounding waterfall.

Keep an eye out for future updates, once we receive more information from the group too!

Goodbye for now, from all in Wales!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Our busy week in Angelfish

Dear Parents,

What a busy week we have had this week! On Thursday we became knights in training and completed several training activities including jousting, shooting a bow and arrow, rescuing people, practising our sword skills and horse riding skills and doing medieval dancing. We also had a visit from the fire service who taught us all about fire safety and other ways to keep safe. The children got to go in the fire engine and everyone got to have a go at using the hose to put out a pretend fire. On Friday we went to Porchester Castle. We are so proud of how well the children behaved, how resilient they were at coping with the cold weather and how brave they were going all the way to the top of the castle keep. They were true Holbrook heroes! We have our class assembly next Friday where we will be sharing what we have been learning in this topic and some more photos from our school trip. We hope to see you there.

Thank you,

Angelfish Class

Fairthorne Update Number 4!

Hello from Fairthorne

We all woke up to blue skies and sunshine this morning which made a nice change after the rain. First activities were the crate challenge and vertical assault course. The assault course was great, and lots of us managed to reach the top which was no means feat. The crate challenge was good too and lots of us conquered our fears and stood on at least 8 crates.

Despite the torrential rain at lunchtime we spent an extra session in the sports hall playing games and then the final activity was the blind trail. A muddy walk through the woods with blind folds on which involved a lot of trust between each other.
Tonight, after roast chicken, it will be the campfire and then packing bags before bed. A cup of hot chocolate and a story and then a good night’s sleep before we come home tomorrow.

Do feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the Blogs… they are being viewed by so many of you, making them really worthwhile. We hope they are of use…

Bye for now, from all at Fairthorne!

[Written by Mrs Dudley and Mr Thorns]

Fairthorne Update… Number 3!

Hello from Fairthorne!

Well as the sun has set on another fabulous day at the camp, children have had a fun filled day of adventurous pursuits, from outdoor den building and obstacle courses to an amazing session of indoor archery to hone their accuracy and bow skills!

The day began a little damp and windy, but nothing  could dampen the Holbrook spirit from creating some magnificent woodland structures to shelter  from a “storm” – whereby an instructor threw a large canister of water to “test” each of the dens! Much laughing and screaming were heard in equal measures!

Alongside this, the children also conducted teamwork games, working together and collaborating on several problems testing their initiative too! A lunch of giant warm sausage rolls and winter soup warmed everyone, ready for the outdoor obstacle course! This muddy-marathon of tires, barriers, a giant spiders web and swing rope over a swamp was enjoyed by all, with children throwing themselves in (literally) to each of the tasks. Parents would have been so proud – albeit they might have been shocked at how much mud, leaves and twigs could stick to their children! A great activity, with a highlight being the children cheering Mason R onwards as he beat Mr Burt around the course. Mason even stopped for a cheeky celebratory wave as he Tarzan’ed to victory over the gloopy swamp on a rope swing!

Other special mentions are deserved for Charlie and Reagan’s splashes into the swamp and Harvey’s superb shot knocking a ten-pin skittle off of a target from 15m away! Disco night tonight, after a hearty meal of meatballs and pasta with chocolate brownies to finish.

A huge thank you also to all you parents, who have provided such excellently prepared kit and resources, which have allowed the children to complete their activities come rain or shine. This has been exceptionally appreciated by the staff and instructors too.

Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne!

[Written by Mr Thorns & Mrs Dudley]

Fairthorne Update Number 2!

Good evening from Fairthorne!

Day 2 started wet and grey but a breakfast of sausages and hash browns soon raised our spirits. Group 1 headed off for the zip wire while group 2 went into the woods to find insects. The rain continued but everyone was doing their best to be their best and challenge themselves to attempt the zip wire, then the abseiling wall and finally the climbing wall.

Even Mr Burt abseiled and climbed the wall. Mrs Dudley and Mrs Ingledew were very busy taking photos!!

This evening, it’s fish and chips for tea then relay games in the hall. The instructors here have lots of enthusiasm and are proving to be a big hit with the children.  The teachers are hoping for an early night for everyone!
Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne Manor!
[Written by Mrs Dudley and Mr Thorns]

Year 4 Explore the Lost Thing Book!

Children have been working on hard on the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. The story is about Shaun who enjoys collecting bottle tops for his bottle top collection. One day, while collecting bottle tops near a beach, he discovers a strange creature. This creature is referred to as “The Lost Thing” by the narrator.

The author has described The Lost Thing as a combination of an industrial boiler, a crab, and an octopus and we have encouraged the class to select adjectives to go with nouns and adding verbs for movements when they have describing an image of The Lost Thing:

A good description was: ‘The lid was spiky and the machine’s legs were yellow as rotten teeth!’

As the class has read through the book we have also focused on emotions of the characters featured in the story and the class has been developing their skills into describing how the characters feel by using the striking visual images featured in the story and short film.

This is one of the final scenes and the children having built up their writing skills, the children wrote a description of what was happening such as: ‘Back I stepped from the door, I felt sad for the Lost Thing because he can’t see me any more as the door closed.’

Great work Pelicans on this interesting book.

[Written by Mr Blows]